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Reflecting On 30 and 40 Before 40

June 7, 2017 | 4 Comments

I turned thirty in April.  Since my birthday, I have been reflecting on this whole aging thing quite a bit. I don’t really have a problem with getting older and I certainly  do not feel different than I did at 29. However, as I reflect on the first 30 years of my life, particularly my […]

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How I Made $200 Online Last Week

June 1, 2017 | 3 Comments

  I woke up this morning with more than $200 that I made online last week ready to be transferred to my checking account.  Stay tuned and I’ll tell you how I did it! Bye, Bye Debt. Hello, Travel I have found myself struggling with not being busy since finishing my master’s.  I like to […]

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May Recap

May 29, 2017 | No Comments

May is quickly coming to an end and it has been a busy month for us but things are finally starting to wind down.  I’m excited for the slow down and I’m looking forward to having some more quality time with my kids and time to read. Sports Madness Most of May kept us super […]

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Me Before You

Me Before You

May 18, 2017 | No Comments

This book review was originally published on The Wordy Nerd Books on August 28, 2015. The topic of caring for disabled people is often one that is difficult to approach.  It is often not easy on the caretaker or the patient but Jojo Moyes does an amazing job at exploring the many facets of the […]

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Go Set A Watchman

Go Set a Watchman

May 16, 2017 | No Comments

This book review was originally published on The Wordy Nerd Books on July 16, 2015. It’s not often that I can sit back and devour a book but yesterday, I did exactly that with Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman.  When this book was announced earlier this year, I immediately pre-ordered it from Amazon and have […]

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How We Keep the Romance Alive as Parents of Five

May 14, 2017 | No Comments

Daniel and I started dating a few months after my fifteenth birthday during the summer between my freshman and sophomore year of high school  He is very much my high school sweetheart.  I married him when I was eighteen, just a few short months after I graduated from high school. In the course of our […]

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The Girl On The Train

The Girl on the Train

May 11, 2017 | No Comments

This book review was originally published on The Wordy Nerd Books on April 28, 2015. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins has been on several bestsellers lists for quite a while.  I’ve seen other avid readers raving about it and comparing it to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl.  I finally decided that I needed to […]

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Station Eleven

Station Eleven

May 9, 2017 | No Comments

This review was originally published on The Wordy Nerd Books on March 14, 2015. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel follows a group of actors and musicians in a post-apocalyptic world who are trying to preserve the arts.  It all begins when a highly contagious, airborne virus sweeps across the world.  In a matter of […]

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I Did It! I Survived Graduate School!

April 29, 2017 | No Comments

I did it! This past Wednesday I took my comprehensive exams to finish up my master’s degree!  I was nervous about failing them but I passed all three of them!  Tuesday night I will give a twenty minute presentation over a paper I wrote and I will take one more final test on Wednesday night […]

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1066: What Fates Impose

1066: What Fates Impose

April 18, 2017 | No Comments

This review was originally posted on The Wordy Nerd Books on February 12, 2015. In high school and college, I had several instructors who required their students to memorize dates for the history courses that I took.  One date that was always required was 1066.  As history major, I am very familiar with the Battle […]

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